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LA Galaxy's Jonathan dos Santos was 'not even close' to joining America

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Get to know LA Galaxy's newest signing Jonathan dos Santos on a bit more of a personal level. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno shares his thoughts on the LA Galaxy's signing of Jonathan dos Santos. Jonathan dos Santos has refuted reports that he was close to signing with Club America or used the Mexican team to influence his deal with the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy's newest designated player completed his move from Villarreal last month and made his debut as a substitute on Aug. 6, before starting in a 2-0 defeat to New York City FC on Saturday night. And though he acknowledged some talks took place with America, he told ESPN's One Nacion that a move was never realistic. "Not even close,"...

Orlando faces Columbus in six-pointer; Toronto can pile on Chicago woe

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:36:00 PDT

Brian McBride and Alexis Nunes go toe-to-toe in predicting the latest high-profile MLS fixtures in Week 24. Jason Davis highlights three matches worth keeping an eye on across Major League Soccer this weekend. Orlando and Columbus' crucial showdown In the parlance of MLS, this one is what's called a "playoff six-pointer." Columbus Crew SC currently has a tenuous grasp on a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The men in yellow occupy fifth place but are just two points up on Montreal Impact, in seventh, and have played two more games. With less than 10 games to go, Gregg Berhalter's team needs...

Ola Kamara focused on playoff push, not concerned with Crew SC extension

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:48:00 PDT

Major League Soccer: Ola Kamara (89') Columbus Crew SC 3-1 Chicago Fire Ola Kamara says he's not concerned with his unsettled contract situation amid Columbus Crew SC's push to reach the MLS playoffs. The forward has two years left on his current deal, but multiple sources told ESPN FC on Wednesday that Kamara would look to leave MLS this winter after negotiations on an extension stalled. But with Crew SC clinging to an Eastern Conference playoff spot with nine games, Kamara says he's concentrating on the pitch and leaving the talks up to his representatives and...

D.C. United signs ex-Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper Steve Clark

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:50:00 PDT

Herculez Gomez says American international Paul Arriola has yet to hit his prime as he joins D.C. United for a record fee. Major League Soccer: Luis Silva (64') D.C. United 0-1 Real Salt Lake D.C. United has signed former Columbus Crews SC goalkeeper Steve Clark. Clark, 31, was a free agent who most recently played for Danish Superliga side AC Horsens, where he started 17 matches after moving to the club in January. "Steve is a veteran goalkeeper with both MLS and international experience," said United general manager Dave Kasper. "His track record in Major League Soccer is impressive and we are pleased to add another quality player to this team and upgrade our depth at the goalkeeper...

Montreal Impact star Ignacio Piatti frustrated over contract talks

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:47:00 PDT

Ignacio Piatti sparked the Montreal Impact to a thumping 3-0 win over the Fire, scoring a brace in the first half. Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti spoke of his frustration at the state of contract talks, following the team's 3-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night. Piatti scored twice in the win, but afterwards told the stadium PA announcer that, "these could be my last 10 games." Piatti's contract runs through July 1 of 2018, and he said that the decision now lies with the Impact as to whether he stays beyond that point. "I didn't find the solution to stay here and that's it. I do everything...

MLS to allow fourth substitute in extra time of postseason games

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:17:00 PDT

Brian McBride and Alexis Nunes go toe-to-toe in predicting the latest high-profile MLS fixtures in Week 24. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down the best in MLS with his weekly awards. MLS will allow teams to make a fourth substitution during this year's postseason if a match goes to extra time. The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which approves all changes to the Laws of the Game, has allowed for leagues and tournaments to experiment with using an additional substitute in extra time of games. Already this year, the experiment has been implemented in the FA Cup, Scottish Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. IFAB is expected to make a final decision...

Toronto FC shows slumping Chicago Fire the road to redemption in MLS

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:37:00 PDT

Brian McBride and Alexis Nunes go toe-to-toe in predicting the latest high-profile MLS fixtures in Week 24. Plenty of teams get hot in Major League Soccer. In a salary-capped league of thin margins from top to bottom, positive runs of form can be sustained for months or even for full seasons. Just ask the Colorado Rapids, who went from last place in the West in 2015 to the brink of the MLS Cup final a season ago and have since fallen back off a cliff. Rarer is the lasting type of organizational culture change that can be sustained. Even in MLS, which prides itself on every-team-has-a-chance parity as...

Jelle van Damme to leave LA Galaxy, return to Belgium for personal reasons

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:57:00 PDT

Rookie Jonathan Lewis and veteran David Villa netted stunning goals to give visiting NYCFC a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy. Jelle van Damme is set to leave the LA Galaxy to return to Belgium for personal reasons, club president Chis Klein has confirmed. Belgian news outlet HLN and the Los Angeles Times both reported on Wednesday that the 33-year-old was on the verge of signing a two-year contract with Royal Antwerp. Klein told "Soccer Weekly" on ESPNLA 710 that the defender wanted to be with his two children and suggested the situation had affected his play this season. "Jelle has made it clear that he wants to go home...

Ignacio Piatti brace leads Montreal Impact to win vs. Chicago Fire

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:02:00 PDT

Montreal Impact Chicago Fire 3 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Ignacio Piatti sparked the Montreal Impact to a thumping 3-0 win over the Fire, scoring a brace in the first half. MONTREAL -- Ignacio Piatti scored twice and the Montreal Impact beat the Chicago Fire 3-0 on Wednesday night for their first three-game winning streak of the Major league Soccer season. Matteo Mancosu added another from the penalty spot to help Montreal edge closer to a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The seventh-place Impact are two points away from fifth-place Columbus Crew with two games in hand. Montreal scored all three goals in the first half, including two in a one minute span. Chicago,...

LA Galaxy overtake Seattle Sounders as MLS's most valuable club

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:18:00 PDT

Rookie Jonathan Lewis and veteran David Villa netted stunning goals to give visiting NYCFC a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy. The LA Galaxy have taken over the top spot from the Seattle Sounders in Forbes' annual ranking of MLS team valuations. Thanks to broadcast and stadium rights deals that are the highest in the league, the Galaxy's valuation came out to $315 million, a 19 percent increase from 2016. The club's revenue of $63m was $10m more than Seattle, which dropped to second place, checking in at an estimated worth of $295m. There was little movement throughout the rest of the top five. Toronto FC ($280m) moved...

Toronto FC breaks new ground, but MLS still has player development issue

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:23:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down the best in MLS with his weekly awards. Toronto FC has found a unique way -- at least in the world of Major League Soccer -- to compensate local area youth clubs for developing players. On May 25, TFC, in conjunction with Ontario Soccer, held what it called a scholarship night at its training facility. The event honored 15 area youth clubs that had seen a combined 27 players move to TFC's academy program. During the event, those clubs received an unexpected gift: For every player sent TFC's way, the club received $2,500 (CAN). One...

Vancouver Whitecaps key midfielder Matias Laba suffers torn ACL in knee

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:15:00 PDT

Teal Bunbury's lone goal split the Revolution and Whitecaps, and puts the Revs one point outside of a playoff position. Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Matias Laba will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Saturday. Laba, 25, was injured after hitting his leg on the artificial turf in a 1-0 defeat at the New England Revolution last weekend. He will have surgery in the next two weeks, and the club expect him to recover "by next spring." "Mati is an important member of the club and we wish him a speedy recovery," Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said in a statement. "Our...


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